Theresa L. White, Ph.D.


Department of Psychology

Le Moyne College

1419 Salt Springs Rd.

Syracuse, NY 13214

(315) 445-4340


Department of Neuroscience and Physiology

SUNY Upstate Medical University

750 East Adams St.

Syracuse, NY 13210

(315) 464-7754


                                                                         Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the areas of learning, memory, and sensory psychology.  Most of my previous research has been in

the psychophysical study of human olfactory memory, although I have also been involved in neuropsychological and psychophysical studies

that sometimes involve animals.  I am currently involved in several projects, including one that concerns the influence of smells as mood primes

on the human perception of facial stimuli, and the other of which is exploring the role of bitterness in pain perception.  I have

brought this research expertise into the classroom by teaching the following undergraduate courses:  Research Methods, Personality Theories,

Introductory Psychology, Learning Behavior Analysis, Brain and Behavior, Sensation and Perception, and Clinical Neuropsychology. 

In addition, undergraduates are often involved in my research projects.  See SORG for more details! 

If you are interested in a summer research project in Neuroscience, you may want to consider the D-SURF program at UPSTATE.  Click here for an application!


Recent Publications


White, T. L. & Prescott, J. (2007). Chemosensory cross-modal Stroop effects: Congruent odors facilitate taste identification.  Chemical Senses, 32 (6), 337-341.


White, T. L., Dishaw, L. V., Sheehe, P.R., & Youngentob, S. L. (2007).  The relationship between PROP and ethanol preferences: An evaluation of four inbred mouse strains.  Chemical Senses, 32(9), 847-854.


White, T. L. (2009).  A second look at the structure of human olfactory memory.  International Symposium on Olfaction and Taste: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1170, 338-342.


White, T. L. (2010).  Odor quality.  In B. Goldstein (Ed.) The encyclopedia of perception .  Sage:  Thousand Oaks, CA.


Eggleston, K., White, T.L. & Sheehe, P.R. (2010).  Adding cocoa to sucrose:  The effect on cold pain tolerance.  Chemical Senses, 35(4), 269-277.

Streeter, N. L. & White, T.L. (2011).  Incongruent contextual information intrudes on short-term olfactory memory.  Chemosensory Perception, 4 (1-2), 1-8.


White, T. L. (2012).  Attending to olfactory short-term memory.  In G. M. Zucco, R. S. Herz, & B. Schaal (Eds.)  Olfactory Cognition:  From Perception and Memory to Environmental Odours and Neuroscience.  Amsterdam, Holland:  John Benjamins Company.


White, T. L. (May 10, 2012).  You are what you eat - And maybe what you smell like!  Get Psyched! Cengage Learning.


Eggleston, K. & White, T. L. (2013).  Chocolate and pain tolerance.  In R.R. Watson, V. R. Preedy, & S. Zibadi (Eds.) Chocolate in health and nutrition. New York:  Springer.


White, T. L. & McBurney, D. L. (2013).  Research methods (9th ed.).  Belmont, CA:  Cengage Learning.


White, T. L., Mřller, P., Köster, E. P., Eichenbaum, H., and Linster, C. L. (in press).  Olfactory memory.  In R. L. Doty (Ed.) Handbook on Olfaction and Gustation (3rd edition): Modern Perspectives.  New York:  Wiley Liss.